Spots in Ikaruga / Ikoma Area

  • Hozan-ji Temple (Shoten-san)
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    83 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Monzenchou 1-1
    The head temple of Shingon Risshu Buddhism, the Hozan-ji is located in Monzen Town, Ikoma City, Nara Prefecture and was founded in 1678 by Tankai. A figure of Daishokangiten is enshrined in the Shotendo hall as the temple’s tutelary god; worshipped by people seeking benefits in the present world, Daishokangiten is also known as “Ikoma Shoten-san,” the god of prosperous business. The main temple building, the oldest structure on the temple grounds, houses the temple’s principal object of worship, a wooden figure of Acala designated an Important Cultural Property. Some of the temple’s many highlights include the Shishi-kaku, a Western-style building erected in the Meiji period, and the Hanya-kutsu cave, where the mystic En no Ozuno (shaman) made offerings of the Widsom Sutras. A Kangiten temple festival is held every 1st and 16th of the month, and this event is attended by numerous worshipers seeking benefits in this life.

    We went hiking in this area, and visited the temple as it was on the trail. The temple grounds were very quite and nicely sprawled around the hill.

  • Chugu-ji Temple
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    143 Reviews
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    Nara Ikoma-gun Ikarugacho Horyuji Kita 1-1-2
    "This Buddhist temple is affiliated with Prince Shotoku and is also the oldest Buddhist convent in Japan. Today, the temple adjoins the Horyuji's Eastern Precinct, but it is said to have originally been built opposite the Horyuji to the west with Prince Shotoku's Ikaruganomiya palace in between. Particularly worthy of seeing is the temple's wooden statue depicting a bodhisattva in the half-lotus position. One of only a very few such statues making use of the so-called ""archaic smile,"" some count it alongside the Sphinx and the Mona Lisa as one of the three great smiling artworks of the world. A replica of the Tenjukoku Shucho Mandala, the oldest work of embroidery art in Japan and a designated National Treasure, is enshrined in the main temple building."

    This old temple is adjacent to Horyuji’s Yumedono, and you you hold the ticket for Horyuji, you can get a discount for admission. In this temple, there is a famous Miroku Buddha, which is designated...

  • Horyu-ji Temple
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujisannai 1-1
    This is a temple inside Horyuji-Sannai, Ikaruga Town. It was established in 607 by Prince Shotoku and Empress Suiko, and the current temple building is celebrated as one of the world's oldest wooden structures and Japan's first World Heritage Site. Inside the grounds are 55 pieces of architecture designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, and in the Daihozoin (Great Treasure Hall) are stored a great many important treasures from the Asuka period. 
  • Hokki-ji Temple
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    76 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Okamoto 1873
    A Buddhist temple which is said to have once been the Okamoto no Miya palace where Prince Shotoku read the Lotus Sutra and later remodeled into a temple per Shotoku’s will by Prince Yamashiro no oe . It is considered one of the seven temples erected by Prince Shotoku. The only original structure left standing is the three-tier pagoda, which is believed to have been completed in 706; 24 meters tall, it is Japan’s oldest.

    Hoji-ji is not as much known as Horyuji, but it is also on the list of world cultural heritage. The view of the pagoda over a pond is photogenic. From JR Yamato Koizumi station, you can walk.

  • Chogakuji Temple
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    49 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Yanagimotochou 508
    This ancient Buddhist temple is said to have been built on the grounds of Yamato-jinja Shrine by the great priest Kukai at the request of Emperor Junna in 824. Once a mighty temple with 48 sub-temples and over 300 priests, the Chogaku-ji declined after experiencing a fire due to war as well as the anti-Buddhist sentiment of the Meiji period. The temple’s belfry gate, a designated Important Cultural Property, is the oldest in Japan and the only extant structure from the time of its founding. The temple’s spacious 40 thousand square meter grounds are planted with cherries, camellias, azaleas, and Japanese maple, and are famous both for flower viewing and enjoying autumn foliage. The Chogakuji is also the 19th station on the 25 Flower Temples of Kansai Pilgrimage.

    Heres a poem written long ago about this temple. Quoted from Precious Treasures, the Poetry Monuments of the Yamanobe no Michi, available from Amazon. Teachers, friends and monks Connect me with...

  • Horin-ji Temple
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    45 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Mi 1570
    A Buddhist temple located in Mii, Ikaruga Town. Founded in the Asuka period, the temple is said to have been erected by Prince Yamashiro no oe, son of Prince Shotoku. No structures from the time of the temple’s foundings remain today. The temple’s three-tier pagoda, designated a National Treasure in the Meiji period, burned down after a lightning strike in 1944; it was rebuilt in 1975. The temple houses numerous precious Buddhist statues designated as Important Cultural Properties, including an Asuka period seated statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Healing Buddha),

    After I visited Horyuji, I walked to Horinji. It takes maybe 20 minutes, and it is very pleasant to walk by watching a rustic landscape. Unfortunately, the pagoda of Horinji is a reconstruction in...

  • Ikoma Sanroku Park
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    39 Reviews
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    Nara Ikoma-shi Tawaraguchicho 2088
    This park sprawls halfway up Mt. Ikoma. Situated around two kilometers from the city center, the park is situated in the lush, natural beauty of Kongo-Ikoma-Kisen Quasi-National Park, and visitors can have fun surrounded by nature. The park also has a campground and a variety of other facilities, and also holds various programs. The park's events are also popular and include things like forest workshops, a mountain base outdoor school, and family outdoor classes.

    生駒山の傾斜を活かした公園。アスレチックがボリュームあって、小学校の高学年まで楽しめます。運動不足の大人には少しキツいかも。広場は土のグラウンドで広大なため、それぞれの家族がいろんな遊びを楽しんでいます。写真は、一番高い場所から撮影したものです。生駒市街地が見渡せます。モンベルはもっと前面に出して味を出して欲しいところ。

  • Horyu-ji Temple i Center
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    51 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryuji 1-8-25
    This is an information center at the entrance of the road approaching the Horyu-ji Temple. It provides tourist information and information about Horyu-ji Temple, as well as the history and culture of the local Ikaruga-no-Sato area. The center houses a display of a miniature model of the Horyu-ji Temple, and has an information counter and a multipurpose room.

    Our free guide was well known there, I think they offer different tours, a completely genuine place, they even kept our luggage for free.

  • Oyamato-jinja Shrine
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    26 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Nizumichou 306
    This extremely old shrine had acquired a plot of land second only to Ise Jingu Shrine by the early Heian Period. It enshrines the Shinto deities Yamato no Okuni-mitama, Yachihoko no Okami, and Otoshi no Kami. It was also the guardian shrine of the Battleship Yamato. Because they shared the same name, part of the shrine's tutelary deities was enshrined in the ship through a Shinto ritual known as Bunrei. In 2018, the shrine's Chan-chan Festival was designated as a Prefectural Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

    A fine location, a bit off the beaten path, but worth the visit if you have the time. By beaten path I mean the Yamanobe no Michi trail. Theres a new guidebook for that hiking trail called The...

  • Ikoma Sanjo Amusement Park
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    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Nabatachou 2312-1
    A long-standing family-oriented amusement park which was established in 1929 and which occupies the top of Mt. Ikoma 642 meters above the ground. The park can be reached by riding the Ikoma Cable Line from Ikoma Station. The park is filled with attractions to delight children and parents, including a merry-go-round, flume ride, and the oldest “flying tower” plane ride in Japan. Park visitors can also enjoy spectacular views of Osaka City, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, Nara, and Kyoto; in summer, the park is open at night, and the night view is considered superb. Park entry free.
  • Tatsutataisha Shrine
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    17 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunsangouchou Tatsunominami 1-29-1
    This shrine was said to have been established nearly 2,100 years ago during the reign of Emperor Sujin, Japan's 10th emperor. It enshrines the Shinto gods Ame no Mihashira and Kuni no Mihashira. These tutelary deities of the air control everything between heaven and earth, namely the atmosphere, the breath of life, and the wind. The shrine's annual events, such as the Daidonto Festival and Setsubun (the ceremonial beginning of spring) are very popular.

    A beautiful shrine with thousands of stone candles that are light 3x per year. Also a peaceful ambiance with beautiful wisteria hangings.

  • Isonokami Jingu Shrine
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    3 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Furuchou 384
    A Shinto shrine located in Furu Town, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture. The head patron shrine of the Mononobe clan, it is also one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. The front shrine, said to have been donated by Emperor Shirakawa in 1081, and the Nanatsu-Saya-no-Tachi (Seven-Branched Sword), believed to be made in 369 and the same mentioned in the ancient Nihon shoki, are both National Treasures.

    自然信仰から生まれた神社だそうです。ちいさhしゃでんですが、そこがまたすてきな雰囲気に包まれています。

  • Shigi Ikoma Skyline Drive
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    8 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomashi Tawaraguchichou 2116
    Shigi-Ikoma Skyline Drive is a toll road that runs north-south for the entire 20.9 kilometer length from Mt. Shigi and Mt. Ikoma. The road is famous for affording views of the Osaka area and the city of Ikoma, among other things, and there are observation points and parking spots scattered along the way that allow motorists to enjoy nighttime views. The best spot for viewing sunsets is the appropriately named Yuhi (“Sunset”) Parking Lot near the Shotenguchi Toll Booth.

    The lookout points and attractions along the way arent really that interesting. For me, the drive itself is the main treat. Winding and winding, this toll road is perfect to enjoy with a sports car...

  • Shigisan Senjuin Temple
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    15 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunhegurichou Shigisan 2280
    This venerable sub-temple, the oldest in the Mt. Shigi area, was founded in the late Heian period. The temple's Gomado (Homa ritual hall), built by the famed Buddhist priest Myoren Shonin, is where the temple conducts its bishamon goma (Vaisravana homa) prayer rituals. Its Zenigamedo (Baby Turtle Hall) enshrines Zenigame Zenshin, a deity said to grant luck with money and other matters. The Kannon-do (Kannon Hall), which enshrines the temple's Juichimen (11-headed) Kannon statue said to answer prayers for conception and easy childbirth, is one of the temple's highlights.

    I cant say enough about our stay here! It was one of most authentic things we did in Japan. The temple is located in a complex with more than a dozen other temples, which made for hours of...

  • Kuragari Pass
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    Nara Prefecture Ikoma-shi, Osaka-fu Higashi Osaka-shi
    This mountain pass, a Nara Prefecture Landscape Heritage, has long been known as the road taken from Osaka to Nara or to Ise Grand Shrine by people on pilgrimages. The path is lined with stone monuments and still has its original cobbled road surface. It is also famous for the poetry written by Matsuo Basho while he walked there. The name Kuragari (darkness) comes from how dimly lit the path is even during the day due to the shade of thick tree coverage.
  • Ikoma Taisha Shrine
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    21 Reviews
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    Nara Ikoma-shi Ichibucho 1527-1
    A shrine in Ichibucho, Ikoma City. The object of worship enshrined here is Mt. Ikoma and seven deities including Ikomatsuhiko-no-Kami and Ikomatsuhime-no-Kami are worshiped. This ancient shrine is worshiped from seventeen local townships in the Ikoma valley as a regional deity. The Annual Fire Festival held in October has been designated an intangible prefectural folk cultural property and the groves about the shrine have been designated a prefectural natural treasure.

    立派な石の鳥居と石段があり正月は初詣でこの石段がいっぱいになる。 人々が顔を合わせ新年の挨拶をしていて恐らく観光客の比率はかなり低いとみた。 古代から地域住民に鎮守として大事にされていたのかなと思える。

  • Tenri University Sankokan Museum
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    20 Reviews
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    Nara Tenri-shi Morimedocho 250
    A museum along the Minami-Oji Road in Morimedo-cho, Tenri City. Their collection includes nearly 300,000 pieces related to everyday culture and classic works of art from around the world. Their permanent exhibition includes part of the collected centered around the twin themes of World Culture and World Antique Art. They also hold special exhibitions, themed exhibitions, lectures, and workshops.

    My focus was in the Japanese immigrant area where I could check the ingenuity of Japanese people when faced with local adversities. There are many objects, since kitchen itens until musical...

  • Tenri Municipal Kurozuka Kofun Museum
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    16 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Tenrishi Yanagimotochou 1118-2
    This museum is situated in Yanagimoto Town, Tenri City, Nara Prefecture. It is focused on the “Kurozuka Kofun”, keyhole-shaped tomb, from which a number of artifacts were excavated, including the 33-sided “Sankakuen shinjukyo” bronze mirror excavated in 1998, which has the most sides of any bronze mirror discovered in Japan. Inside, you’ll find a replica of the tomb’s pit rock chamber as well as replicas of the artifacts. There are also many materials and panel displays on the Kofun period, the Kurozuka Kofun, and the excavations. The view of the rock chamber from the second-floor stairwell is breathtaking.

    This museum is in the quiet old town of Yanagimoto, which can be easily reached from the JR train station of the same name. Theres an ancient Kofun Era burial mound at this site. The museum...

  • Ikaruga Cultural Property Utilization Center
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    15 Reviews
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    Nara Pref. Ikomagunikarugachou Houryujinishi 1-11-14
    This is a cultural property examination and research center located in Horyuji-nishi 1-chome, Ikaruga Town. It spreads information regarding the preservation and display of cultural properties, and promotes the study of the Fujinoki Tumulus and Ikaruga's history through images and exhibits of Fujinoki Tumulus burial accessory replicas.

    すぐ近くにある藤ノ木古墳の出土物を展示するほか、古墳の意義を解説してくれる施設だ。古墳そのものは近くに保存してあるため、円墳のその姿を見ることはできるが、日本の歴史の中でこの古墳がどんな位置にあるのかはわからない。そこを解説してくれるのがこの施設だ。馬具類や刀剣類、石棺の、レプリカだが、実物が展示されている。

  • Takayama Chikurin'en
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    14 Reviews
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    Nara Ikoma-shi Takayamacho 3440
    "Encircled by the Ikoma Mountains, famous nationwide as a quasi-national park, Ikoma City in Nara Prefecture is known to many as a tourism destination due to this spectacular scenery as well as its abundant shrines, temples, and historic sites. This beautiful park is located on the northern extremity of Ikoma. Open to the general public, facilities include a museum with an exhibition room, Japanese room, and training room; and the Chikubuan tearoom. The park also offers a variety of activities and classes, and holds live demonstrations of Takayama tea whisk production. In addition, the park holds the nighttime Takayama Takeakari ""bamboo illumination"" event in early October which delights visitors with mysterious and magical scenery."

    If you are interested in Japanese craft-making, then this place is for you. If you are interested in strolling through gardens, then this place is for you. If you are interested in museums of...

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With a reputation almost as stellar as that of Kyoto, Nara is a must-visit for those searching for the remains of "traditional Japan." The largely green Nara city holds the majority of the prefecture’s treasures, such as the iconic Todai-ji Temple, in which a 15-meter tall Great Buddha sits, and Nara Park, where deer flock to befriend passersby. While mountains are by no means hard to come by in this area, for hiking with a reward, head to the Kii Mountains’ Yoshino district in spring, when the hillsides put on an impressive display of white and pink cherry blossoms.

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